In the essay, “Federalism, Nationalism, and Reason”, Pierre Trudeau addresses the history and origins of self-determination and nationalism and its central role in federal statehood, he then discusses the interactions of federalism and nationalism in a Canadian context. Trudeau posits major arguments that will be assessed in this review. First, he postures that that the federal state is driven by self-determination and nationalism, which ultimately makes it unstable due to its foundation in emotionalism rather than reason. Second, Trudeau outlines the historical factors that resulted in the separatist narrative in Quebec and claims that Canadian nationalism cannot combat Quebec’s regional nationalism.
“I think a stalwart peasant in sheep-skin coat, born on the soil, whose forefathers have been farmers for ten generations, with a stout wife and half a dozen children, is good quality”-Clifford Sifton.
Pearson played an integral role in creating Canada’s reputation as a peacekeeping nation. He first proposed peacekeeping missions to the UN in 1956. He also helped create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Without John Diefenbaker, Canadians might still struggle with human rights. He had a vision for “One Canada”, free of discrimination; he introduced the first Canadian Bill of Rights in 1958. This has now turned into what we know as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Lastly, Tommy Douglas, although never a Prime Minister, he did bring lots of important changes. Inspired by what one doctor did for him as a child, he set out to make health care free for all Canadians and eventually, in 1966, succeeded. He also brought the start of social plans, pension plans, and two weeks of paid time off. It’s because of men like these that Canada is a great country to live in
William Lyon Mackenzie King, a man of glory, forever changed Canada’s constitution during the tumultuous nineteenth century and resolved all difficulties Canada faced on its way to becoming a strong, independent, and autonomous nation. His contributions and sanctions targeted all factors at the time and had interrelated effects on the construction of Canada. Unlike other Canadian politicians, King handled every crisis with thorough planning and achieved promising outcomes from unsolvable problems. It is without a doubt that King was the most influential figure in Canada’s development. His role in the autonomy, economic development, and social stability stands as solid evidence of the pioneering impacts he had on Canada’s advancement.
To start with, Pearson is undoubtedly a symbol of Canadian excellence, seeing as his efforts and impact were exceptional. At that time, the world was undergoing war, crisis and prejudice so it is impressive that Pearson was “one of the 20th century’s most untiring and effective workers in the cause of world peace.” (Baldwin 39). This impressiveness may also be due to the similar traits Pearson holds to Mackenzie King whom is a previous great leader. Though, Pearson had his tragic flaws such as ________ _________, which did lead to his resignation from office and defeat by Diefenbaker. Pearson was “a wonderful compromiser …he could bring together opposites” (Baldwin 31) which is what connects him and other great leaders together in leaving a great influence on their country. Then, there is the controversy between Diefenbaker and Pearson, which caused many doubts in Canadians towards Pearson’s choices/judgment. However, in the midst of those doubts Pearson managed to prove that he was the ideal leader for Canada by _____ ________________________________. In all, throughout Pearson’s political life despite the flaws and controversy, he indeed established unity in Canada by the skills he provided through the leadership we pay tribute to
“Just watch me”. One of the most popular quotes in all of Canadian history and was said by Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. His legacy, attitude, and work transformed Canada and still continues to do so. Trudeau was the Prime Minister of Canada, from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. Pierre Trudeau changed Canada’s social-political ideology. Canada is now known to be a diverse, multicultural, bilingual and inclusive nation largely as a result of his work. Pierre Elliott Trudeau also believed in an equal Canada for all, he is primarily the one to introduce rights and freedoms to the citizens of Canada. While some view Pierre Trudeau as impulsive, for enforcing the War Measures Act, Trudeau enacted this for the protection of Canadian citizens against radical extremist and his actions were more rational than impulsive for the situation that had suddenly occurred. Pierre Trudeau was one of Canada’s greatest Prime Minister’s, who’s impact fundamentally changed the course of the nation by introducing multiculturalism, for introducing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and for paradoxically upholding democracy by strong action during the October Crisis.
When the world thinks of Canada, the words that automatically come to mind are peace and unity. However, this almost changed in 1970 when the FLQ kidnapped politicians
The impact of WW2 played a major role in helping Canada become a more strong, united nation, with equality, respect, and human rights. To begin with, before WWII there was lots of discrimination shown towards minority groups and many other cultures in Canada and because of this Canada created some inhumane mistakes. Canada allowed internment, allowed residential schools, and violation of human rights. When the Holocaust started it was like an eye opener for Canadians because they started to experience what the Holocaust underwent. This made Canadians realize that what they had done was wrong. As stated by Margaret Hoogeveen and Sarah Murdoch in the book Creating Canada “During WW2 Canadians experienced the worst violence that war can
“Saskatchewan’s favourite politician, ‘father of the Medicare’ Tommy Douglas, is among 11 Canadians who were recently inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame”(Wharry,1998,p.211). Tommy Douglas, who was known for his creation of Medicare, devoted himself into creating a promising future for Canada. There is no doubt that he is the greatest Canadian.
Knowing that they have a voice in the government urges people to be more educated and up to date on issues that are happening in the country as well as the world. Each year we see an increase in the amount of people showing up to vote for their officials.
Arthur Meighen, lawyer, politician, businessman, prime minister of Canada (b at Anderson, Ont 16 June 1874; d at Toronto 5 Aug 1960). As MP, 1908-26; leader of the Conservative Party 1920-26, 1941-42; PM, 1920-21, 1926; and senator, 1932-41, Arthur Meighen was a prominent, controversial public figure for nearly 30 years. He was unequalled as a parliamentary debater, combining great knowledge of public business, a sharply analytical and critical mind, a gift for lucid extemporaneous speech and an aptitude for the adversarial
Canada has 23 different Prime Minsters that was in charge of Canada since 1871, but all of these men did not have a positive effect on Canada, while they were in office. Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minster of Canada was an exception. For 15 years of being Prime Minster, Trudeau was a great Prime Minster because he united a country which was historically divided and ushered it in a unique bilingually identity. During his time in the office, Trudeau made great advancements in social, political and cultural spheres of Canada.
One of Cartier’s main goals was to unite and promote harmony within all the different groups of people in Canada. In this journey of establishing Canada, he was able to do so by looking at the whole situation when making decisions. This resulted in an unbiased choice that emphasizes equality between all Canadians. In his capacity, Cartier was able to work extensively with the parliament and politicians in both Upper and Lower Canada, where he became known as MacDonald’s ‘Siamese twin’. In his role as part of the main organ of Confederation, for instance when he worked as Acting Prime Minister in MacDonald’s absence, Cartier played key roles securing Rupert’s Land and in drafting the Manitoba and British Columbia Acts. As a result of Cartier’s intensive work uniting all provinces of Canada and promoting harmony between the English and French, he is considered to be the true architect of Confederation. When making decisions that have a profound impact on the future of Canada, he always looked at the final goal of uniting all the provinces while giving each its own identity. Cartier was someone who was able to make swift and accurate decisions that had an intense impact and huge benefit for Canada in the long run. Despite his efforts of bringing Canada together, there were still physical
“I am not anti-American. But I am strongly pro-Canadian” (Brainy Quote), said by Canada’s thirteenth Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker, in 1958. This statement represents John Diefenbaker’s intentions for Canada’s contribution to a critical crisis known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis led Americans the urgency to panic. The crisis was initiated on October 16th of 1962, the United States’ President, John F. Kennedy, announced the existence of missiles that were being assembled in Cuba by the Soviet Union (USSR). The missiles were being assembled nearly ninety kilometres from the south shores of Florida, which created a major threat of great danger for the United States and Canada as well. Every North American citizen was
In the paper “The Quebec-Canada Dynamic or the Negation of the Ideal of Federalism”, Francois Rocher sets out to analyze and discuss how Canadian political literature has portrayed the historical and present characteristics of Canada’s federal system. However, Rocher argues that the two distinct points of view fail to normatively judge and solve potential problems that occur within the federal system. Beginning with the different interpretations of Canadian federalism, Rocher identifies a distinction between the opinions of scholars originating in French versus scholars originating in other parts of Canada. In analyzing the considerable contrast, Rocher concluded that French scholars were predominantly concerned with arguments of provincial